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Patients in Texas could soon have more access to healthcare

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Texas - Patients in Texas could soon have more access to healthcare.

In rural towns across the state, including the panhandle, there continues to be a shortage of primary care doctors.

In order to help, two state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow doctors to give limited prescription authority to advanced practice nurses and physician assistants.

This is all in an effort to get more patients treated.

Right now many residents are forced to drive to bigger cities to be seen by a doctor, this bill could potentially allow them to stay in their own town to be seen.

The reason is because physicians would no longer be required to be on-site for a patient to be prescribed certain medications or have medical devices ordered.

The Texas Medical Association has expressed support for the bill saying it would promote better treatment by allowing for a team-based, collaborative approach.

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